Almanac Guidelines for Community Life 2018-19 - The Hotchkiss School

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Almanac Guidelines for Community Life 2018-19 - The Hotchkiss School
Guidelines for Community Life

                              Guidelines for Community Life


               1.   Mission and Values of Our Learning Community		 Page 2

               2.   A Commitment to Ethical Conduct		 Page 3

               3.   A Network of Support		 Page 4

               4.   Key Contacts		 Page 5

               5.   Academic Life 		 Page 6

               6.   Residential Life 		 Page 18

               7.   Co-Curricular Program 		 Page 24

               8.   Attendance Policy, On- and Off- Campus Bounds & Permissions, and Leaves		 Page 27

               9.   Campus Maps		 Page 34

              10.   Student Health 		 Page 36

              11.   Community Regulations 		 Page 39

              21.   The Code of Ethical Conduct and the Community Conduct Council		 Page 49

              22.   Discipline Procedure 		 Page 53

              23.   Academic Integrity Policy 		 Page 55

              24.   Disability Policy 		 Page 58

              25.   Medical Leave Policy 		 Page 60

              26.   General Harassment Policy 		 Page 62

              27.   Sexual Misconduct Statement		 Page 65

              28.   Responsible Use Policy		 Page 67

              29.   Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Campus Policy 		 Page 73

              30.   Vehicle Policy 		 Page 74

                    The School reserves the right to make changes in the content of this book as it deems necessary and will
                               provide periodic notifications to the community when content has been updated.

                The Hotchkiss School does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion, race, color, sexual orientation or
                national orientation in the administration of its educational policies, athletics, or other School-administered
                                   programs, or in the administration of its hiring and employment practices.

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                          Guided by each other, let us seek better paths.

                           The Hotchkiss School Mission
The Hotchkiss School seeks to inspire a diverse range of students who are committed to the
betterment of self and society, and to cultivate in them at the highest standards of excellence
       imagination and intellect,
       openness and personal integrity,
       empathy and responsible citizenship
that they may discover and fulfill their potential as individuals fully engaged in our world.

                      Values of Our Learning Community
The aim of The Hotchkiss School, since its foundation, has been to provide a dynamic environment
for teaching and learning, as well as exceptional preparation for future study and fulfilling adult lives.
Our residential community—the network of relationships created by the School’s people, place, and
opportunities—is our most effective means of providing a transformative educational experience,
where students may grow and gain greater understanding of themselves and their responsibilities to
others. We believe that a healthy and inclusive learning community nourishes students physically,
emotionally, and intellectually; fosters joy in learning and living with others; and ensures that all feel
safe, seen, and supported.

All members of the Hotchkiss community have a role in sustaining this environment. Therefore, we
expect all to
  • commit to high standards of scholarship and personal conduct;
  • open their minds and hearts to the views and experiences of others, creating space for all to
     belong and to thrive;
  • practice the values that nurture healthy relationships: respect, honesty, and compassion in
  • risk and reflect in the pursuit of continual growth; and
  • exercise responsible citizenship through local and global engagement, service, and
     environmental stewardship.

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A Commitment to Ethical Conduct
The Hotchkiss School seeks to inspire a diverse range of students who are committed to the betterment of self and
society and to cultivate in them at the highest standards of excellence, their imagination and intellect, openness and
personal integrity, and empathy and responsible citizenship. Every member of this community has a role in sustaining a
respectful and inclusive environment by behaving in accordance with our shared values and the regulations outlined in
the Almanac. We ask that all community members read the Almanac and familiarize themselves with our community’s
standards of behavior, policies, protocols, and available resources.

Adult members have special responsibilities and duties to care for our students. They understand and accept fully the trust
placed in the School by students and their families and recognize that learning occurs best in a boarding school when trust and
a sense of security are systemic within the community. Expectations of ethical conduct for faculty, staff, and other adults of our
residential community are spelled out in the Employee Handbook and the relevant supplements.

The Code of Ethical Conduct is intended to provide guidance to all members of The Hotchkiss School community regarding
appropriate interactions between adults and students. Although it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of expectations and
prohibited behaviors, it should serve as a reminder that the actions of all Hotchkiss community adults (faculty, staff, volunteers,
independent contractors, and adult residents at Hotchkiss) should at all times be above reproach, governed by common sense,
and taken with the best interests of the students and the School in mind.
To read more about the Code of Ethical Conduct and the Community Conduct Council, see page 49.

At Hotchkiss
     •    We promote a culture of dignity and respect within our community;
     •    We pledge to nurture the well-being and safety of our students at all times and always to be focused on
          these interests and ready to act on them;
     •    We acknowledge that the inherent imbalance of power in our relationships with students requires us to maintain
          healthy boundaries in our interactions with students and we strictly adhere to those sections of the Employee
          Handbook, especially policies that prohibit any and all forms of sexual or romantic contact with students;
     •    We observe appropriate boundaries in speech and writing, including electronic communication. In addition,
          we acknowledge and uphold the specific clauses of the Responsible Use Policy that address electronic communication.

Standards of Behavior
Adult members of the Hotchkiss community should, at all times, act in accordance with the general principles stated above. It
is not possible to create an exhaustive list of standards for behavior to cover every potential situation involving conduct with
students. The following are examples of behavioral standards to help guide adults when engaging with students.
When interacting with students, whether in person or otherwise, adults must at all times:
     • Be alert to the imbalance of power that exists in relationships between adults and students and never abuse it. This
         imbalance can continue after the student has graduated.
     • Establish and maintain healthy boundaries with students and refrain from any conduct that places the interests of the
         adult ahead of the student’s interests.
     • Conduct themselves as role models for students.
     • Operate in a manner consistent with the mission of the School and which reflects well on the School.
     • Set appropriate limits with students and encourage their growth, learning and autonomy.
     • Refer students in need of counseling or other health services or attention to the appropriate professional.

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A Network of Support
Our faculty and staff work together to ensure that all students feel safe, seen and supported. Teachers, coaches, club
advisors, counselors, advisors, class deans, dormitory faculty, and proctors all work together to guide our students in their
daily lives and monitor their progress throughout the school year.

The relationship among faculty advisors, students, and parents is at the heart of our approach to student support and
learning. Every student is assigned a faculty advisor who is responsible for monitoring the student’s academic and personal
progress. The faculty advisor is the primary contact for an advisee’s parents or guardians and serves as the point person for
communication regarding the advisee. Parents or guardians with concerns and questions about their student should first
contact their student’s faculty advisor.

Each faculty advisor meets regularly with their advisees individually and as a group and follows a common calendar
designed to address advisees’ needs.

Advisee groups are limited in size in order to ensure that faculty advisors can give each advisee appropriate attention. A
student may always request a new faculty advisor from the dean of community life. Faculty advisors are accustomed to such
changes and do not take it personally when advisees seek new advisors. At the end of each academic year, returning students
are invited to list the members of the faculty whom they would welcome as a faculty advisor for the following year. They
can always continue with their current advisor (unless the advisor will be away). The School makes every effort to assign
students seeking a change to one of their preferred choices.

Class deans are responsible for monitoring the academic and social progress of the students in the class to which they are
assigned. The prep class dean works exclusively with each prep class; other class deans serve the class to which they are
assigned from lower-mid year to graduation. Class deans work closely with the dean of students, the dean of academic life,
the registrar, the dean of community life, and faculty advisors. They track attendance, report official concerns and actions
to parents, conduct weekly class meetings, and support the class as they progress through the year. Students should direct
requests for permission to miss any academic or School-related commitment to their class dean.

Dormitories are places of rest, study, leisure, and fun. They are also places where students learn and grow intellectually,
emotionally, and socially. Dormitory faculty tend to this aspect of the School’s mission with care and dedication. By
their consistent and sustained presence, dorm faculty ensure an environment conducive to academic study and positive
social development, providing guidance, oversight, and mentoring to the students living in our dormitories. Each team of
dormitory faculty is supervised by a dormitory head. Dormitory heads meet regularly with the dean of residential life and
the dean of community life.

Proctors are seniors and upper mids who have been carefully selected on the basis of their demonstrated capacity to support
other students, nurture a sense of community in their dorms, and serve as respected role models in the community. They
live alongside fellow students, keep alert to their well-being, and help care for them. Proctors work closely with dormitory
faculty to create a safe, healthy environment for learning and growth.

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Key Contacts
If you have questions regarding School policies and procedures or are unsure about whom to contact, please reach out to
the dean of students. Faculty and staff members, faculty advisors, dormitory faculty, and proctors are all available to help
and answer questions that students and parents may have.

                                                 Dean of Admission and Financial Aid          Prep Class Dean
   Head of School                                    Erby Mitchell                                 Nora Yasumura
       Craig W. Bradley
                                                 Director of College Advising                 Dean of the Class of 2021
   Associate Head of School,                          Rick Hazelton                               Christina Cooper
   Dean of Faculty
        Merrilee Mardon                          Director of Diversity and Inclusion          Dean of the Class of 2020
                                                      Rachel Myers                                Amanda McClure
   Dean of Community Life
       Art Gibb ’85                              Dean of Residential Life                     Dean of the Class of 2019
                                                     Heather Perrenoud                            Marc Dittmer
   Dean of Academic Life
       Jared Hall                                Dean of Students
                                                     Elizabeth Droz

 Main School Number (860) 435-2591
 From a campus phone: Dial 0
 Campus safety and security, located on the ground floor of Coy dormitory, is on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 Security manages the main phone switchboard.


Academic Life and Registrar (grades, transcripts, course selection)				                                       (860) 435-3186
Class Deans						                                                                                             (860) 435-3189
Admission and Financial Aid								                                                                           (860) 435-3102
Athletics								                                                                                             (860) 435-3287
College Advising								                                                                                      (860) 435-3180
Counseling 								                                                                                           (860) 435-3659
Dormitory or Residential Life								                                                                         (860) 435-3739
Dean on Duty								                                                                                          (860) 435-2591
Health Center								                                                                                         (860) 435-3226
International Students and Programs							                                                                    (860) 435-3179
Information Technology								                                                                                (860) 435-4487
Laundry Services 								                                                                                     (860) 435-3275
Post Office								                                                                                           (860) 435-3299
Student Activities 								                                                                                   (860) 435-3192
Business Office (student billing, payment plans, tuition payments)				                                        (860) 435-3168
Study Skills								                                                                                          (860) 435-3206
Weekend Leave Permissions (voicemail)							                                                                  (860) 435-3202

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Academic Life
Teaching and learning permeate every facet of life at Hotchiss. The classroom sits at the heart of our enterprise. We define
the classroom as a space where capable, intrinsically motivated students, guided by critically reflective teachers, deepen their
capacity and appreciation for learning.

Each student is required to know and comply with our academic regulations. No one should expect to be preemptively
warned to adhere to them, and one’s assertion of ignorance of a rule will not be accepted as an excuse for one’s violation of
it. Rules and policies may be modified or amended during the school year. Such changes, if and when they are made, are
publicized to the community.

Academic integrity is integral to our purpose, as it is based on honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. It also
trains students for the rigor of college studies and affirms the bond between intellect and character. For the full version of
the Academic Integrity Policy, see page 55. Each academic department may have specific parameters that guide expectations
of student work within that discipline; please visit academic department pages on the School website for more details.

To qualify for a diploma, students must be currently enrolled and in good standing at the School, satisfy the various
departmental requirements regarding level of study and proficiency, and complete the requirements detailed in the course
listing. Students should carefully plan their academic program with their faculty advisors, making sure that they will meet
Hotchkiss diploma requirements and complete a challenging, comprehensive course of study that complements their
interests and talents.

Students must earn a certain number of credits, depending on their entry year. Nine of the total credits must be earned in
the upper-mid and senior years, unless the student enters Hotchkiss in the senior class. For each yearlong course passed,
a student receives one credit (or in the case of some yearlong music ensembles, one-half credit); for each semester course
passed, a student receives one-half credit. Students receive three credits for passing the yearlong Humanities course. Seniors
must pass all of their courses.
     • A student entering in the prep class must receive a minimum of 19 credits.
     • A student entering in the lower-mid class must receive a minimum of 14 credits.
     • A student entering in the upper-mid class must receive a minimum of 9 credits.
     • A student entering in the senior class must receive a minimum of 4 credits.

Course load requirements vary, depending on grade level. Preps and lower mids normally carry the following six-credit
load: Humanities (three credits), a classical or modern language (one credit), math (one credit), and science (one credit).
Preps and lower mids are also required to take Human Development, a twice-weekly, not-for-credit course. Upper mids
and seniors normally carry a five-credit load each semester. On occasion, some students may wish to carry a different course
load. In order to do so, they must receive permission from their advisor and dean of academic life.

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Students must meet the diploma requirements in various subject areas, depending on their entry year:

English					                             Prep Humanities, LM Humanities, UM English, senior English

Mathematics & Computer		                 Mathematics through the third level, including geometry or the equivalent, by
					                                    placement or completing a 300-level course

Science					                             Prep Science Core and one additional year of a laboratory science

Humanities & Social Sciences		           Prep Humanities, LM Humanities

Classical & Modern Languages*		 Through the third-year level of a language offered at Hotchkiss by placement or

Visual & Performing Arts		               Prep Humanities, LM Humanities

Human Development			                     Taken in prep and lower-mid years

English 				                             LM Humanities, UM English, Senior English

Mathematics & Computer		                 Mathematics through the third level, including geometry or the equivalent, by
					                                    placement or completing a 300-level course

Science					 Two credits in a laboratory science, which may include high school credit earned
					        prior to enrollment for the equivalent of one year of biology, chemistry, or

Humanities & Social Sciences		 LM Humanities and one credit, which may include high school credit earned
					                          prior to enrollment for the equivalent of one year of history, philosophy, or social

Classical & Modern Languages* Through the third-year level of a language offered at Hotchkiss by placement or

Visual & Performing Arts		               LM Humanities

Human Development			                     Taken in the lower-mid year

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English 				UM English, senior English

Mathematics & Computer		                      Mathematics through the third level, including geometry or the equivalent, by
					                                         placement or completing a 300-level course

Science					 Two credits in a laboratory science, which may include one or two high school
					        credits earned prior to enrollment for the equivalent of one or two years of
					biology, chemistry, or physics

Humanities & Social Sciences		 U.S. History** and one credit, which may include high school credit earned
					                          prior to enrollment for the equivalent of one year of history, philosophy, or social

Classical & Modern Languages*		 Through the third-year level of a language offered at Hotchkiss by placement or
					                           study, or through the second-year level of one language offered at Hotchkiss by

English 				Senior English
					Postgraduates may petition the Committee on Honors and Academic Standing to
					have this requirement waived.

Mathematics & Computer		 Mathematics through the third level, including geometry or the equivalent, by
					                    placement or completing a 300-level course
					Postgraduates are not required to take math.

Humanities & Social Sciences		 U.S. history**
					Postgraduates are not required to take a Humanities and Social Science course.

Classical & Modern Languages*		 Through the third-year level of a language offered at Hotchkiss by placement, or
					by earning one credit
					Postgraduates are not required to take a language.

* The Classical & Modern Languages Department requires that the language requirement be completed in successive years, unless
the department has granted special permission.
** Entering students who have taken a year of U.S. history can apply to the Humanities & Social Sciences Department for a
waiver of this requirement. If this waiver is granted, then the students are required to take another year of history or art history in
place of U.S. history and to write a research paper to Hotchkiss standards within that year.

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Students who attain a high level of proficiency in both Latin and Greek are eligible to receive a Classics Diploma. We have
defined “high level” as a level of proficiency that will enable a student to succeed in college courses beyond the elementary
level. To earn a Classics Diploma, students must complete:
      1. Latin through LA380 or LA450
      2. Greek through GK280
      3. LA550, GK380 or one semester of a Classical civilization course (CL451/452)*
Students who choose Greek as their primary Classical language may earn six “levels” by completing GK380 and LA350 (or

*Students who begin the Classics program as lower mids (i.e. in LA150) are released from this requirement.

Student-athletes interested in playing interscholastic sports at any Division I or Division II college or university must meet
the NCAA initial eligibility requirements. These student-athletes should visit the NCAA Clearinghouse website (http:// for details, complete the eligibility checklist, and then meet with Academic Office and College Office
personnel to review their eligibility status. In order to be eligible to play interscholastic sports at Division I or II schools,
student-athletes must have earned credits in certain core course areas.

Division I
       16 Core Courses:
       4 years of English
       3 years of mathematics (algebra I or higher)
       2 years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science)
       1 year of additional English, mathematics, or natural/physical science
       2 years of social science
       4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language, or comparative

Division II
       16 Core Courses:
       3 years of English
       2 years of mathematics (algebra I or higher)
       2 years of natural/physical science (one year of lab science)
       3 additional years of English, mathematics, or natural/physical science
       2 years of social science
       4 years of extra courses (from any area above, foreign language, or comparative religion/philosophy)

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Daily Schedule
Most classes meet five periods a week, with four (45-minute) single period classes and one double period (80-minute) meeting.
AP science courses typically meet for six periods a week, adding an additional single period to the typical class schedule.

The prep and lower-mid Humanities program, comprised of courses from four disciplines (art, English, history, and
philosophy and religion), has unique scheduling requirements. English and history classes meet for four single periods a
week; philosophy and religion classes meet for two single periods a week. Art scheduling varies by discipline but is equivalent
to four single periods per week.

Submission of Coursework to Instructors
Students are expected to take responsibility for the timely delivery of all coursework in the manner and format prescribed by
the instructors.

Faculty must post homework assignments by 4 p.m.

Work during Vacations
Teachers may not assign or expect students to work on major papers or projects over the Thanksgiving, winter, or spring
breaks. No new homework can be assigned for the first day back from the winter and spring breaks.

Over the summer recess, students are expected to complete books assigned by the English Department and an “All–School
Read,” assigned by the head of school. Some elective courses may require or encourage summer work.

Late or Postponed Work
Instructors may grant students permission to submit late work, provided that the assignment is submitted by the date
determined by the instructor and before the end of the marking period.

Work Missed during the Term
The basic responsibility for permitting the submission of late work during the term is the instructor’s. However, students
may occasionally have grounds for seeking extensions that they do not wish to disclose to their instructors. Because we do
not wish to impede the granting of valid extensions, students may seek permission from their class dean to submit late work
during the term in one of three carefully defined circumstances:
     • Religious Observance. Students should assume responsibility for anticipating conflicts between deadlines and their
         religious observances, and should consult with their class dean at the earliest opportunity.
     • Incapacitating Illness. By definition, an incapacitating illness requires immediate medical attention. Students
         suffering from an incapacitating illness should proceed directly to the Health Center in order to seek treatment, and
         then notify their class dean of their condition at the earliest opportunity.
     • Serious Emergency. The death or injury of a family member or close friend constitutes a serious emergency, and
         students who learn of such a distressing event should contact their class dean immediately. For these or other
         comparable crises, class deans are expected to employ consistent judgment in determining whether or not a given
         situation rises to the level of a serious emergency and to consult the dean of academic life.
Students in such circumstances may request confidentiality and ask that their class dean communicate with the dean of
academic life, who will notify instructors. Given the potentially sensitive nature of the need for an extension granted by the
dean of academic life, instructors are encouraged to accept such extensions without comment to the student and to direct
subsequent questions and concerns to the class dean.

Students who seek to extend a deadline for reasons other than those listed above should seek the permission of their instructor,
as the instructor is the only person who can decide whether such permission is appropriate. This permission may not, however,

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extend beyond the end of the term. Permission to submit work still incomplete at the end of term may be granted only in
consultation with the dean of academic life.

On-Campus Academic Medical Modification Policy
The School is committed to supporting students who need to remain on campus but have medical conditions that make
it difficult or impossible for them to participate in the School’s full academic and co-curricular program. To allow students
to focus on their health and recovery, the School has created an On-Campus Academic Medical Modification Policy. The
purpose of an On-Campus Academic Medical Modification Policy is to protect students, for a specific period of time, from
having to meet the day-to-day academic expectations of the School and to allow them time and space to recover.

A student remains on On-Campus Academic Medical Modification Policy until the Health Center recommends a return to
full-time status. The student’s return to the School’s regular academic program is managed by the Academic Office.

Make-up Work
Make-up classes, quizzes, and tests are matters of faculty judgment. Students are expected to notify teachers well in advance
whenever they know they are going to miss classes and to be responsible for work missed because of illness, weekends, athletic
trips, college visits, field trips, etc.

Zeros may be given for daily work in class, but a zero may not be given as a penalty for work missed because of an unexcused
absence unless the graded exercise was previously announced.

With the consent of the relevant head of department and the dean of academic life, an instructor may grant an incomplete
(I) when circumstances deemed to be beyond the student’s control preclude the completion of assigned work. Such
circumstances may include prolonged injury or illness, or instances when the student has been called away from campus
during a period of final assessment. Prior to the close of a marking period, the instructor should inform the student how the
incomplete work may affect their grade. In consultation with the student’s instructor, faculty advisor, and class dean, the dean
of academic life will set a deadline for the incomplete work.

In authorizing an incomplete, the dean of academic life will stipulate the date on which the student’s late work will be due
and the date on which the instructor is expected to submit a course grade to the registrar. If the student’s work has not been
completed in time for the instructor to report a grade to the registrar by the deadline stipulated, then the instructor will
submit a grade for the student that reflects the absence of the missing work, or the dean of academic life will convert the mark
of I to a grade of F.

In most cases, students resolve incompletes when they finish the work required for the course. In two cases, incomplete
grades for a marking period may remain unresolved. First, students who must change levels within a course may be unable
to complete the work missed in the course they join as a result of the level change. Second, students who miss a substantial
portion of a course for medical reasons but who are cleared to earn credit for the course may be unable to complete all of the
work of the marking period. An incomplete is not a grade and thus will not be reported on the student’s official transcript.

Problems that may arise from the use of computers, software, and printers normally are not considered legitimate reasons
for the postponement of work. A student who uses computers is responsible for operating them properly and completing
work on time. It is expected that a student will exercise reasonable prudence to safeguard materials, including making backup
copies of data or school work. Any computer work should be completed well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid
last-minute technical problems as well as delays caused by heavy demand on shared computer resources. Authority to grant
extensions on the basis of computer difficulties resides solely with the instructor.

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Only the dean of academic life may authorize postponement of a final examination. The dean of academic life may give
such permission because of a religious observance, an incapacitating illness, a serious emergency, or a comparable crisis. A
student’s end-of-term travel plans are not a basis for the postponement of a final examination. Permission to postpone a final
examination does not also carry authorization for a student to submit other work late in that course.

Makeup examinations are scheduled and administered by the dean of academic life. The dean of academic life automatically
records a grade of F in a course for a student who fails to take an officially scheduled makeup examination at the appointed
time. In such cases, if a grade is not received by the established date, the dean of academic life automatically records a grade
of F in the course.

It is normally the expectation that when a student begins a final examination but does not complete it, the student will
receive credit only for the work completed on the examination. If, however, a student becomes unable to complete an
examination because of a sudden and serious illness or other emergency during the examination, the student may request
authorization from the dean of academic life to take a makeup final examination. In such a case, the student must explain
their departure to the person proctoring the examination before leaving the room, proceed directly to the Health Center, and
notify the dean of academic life as soon as possible.

Students may add or drop yearlong courses at the start of the first semester and semester courses at the start of each semester.
After the first two weeks of a semester, students who wish to add a course must first discuss the matter with their faculty
advisor, then receive permission from the dean of academic life and the instructor. Semester or yearlong courses dropped
after the first marking period and semester courses dropped after three weeks in the second semester remain on the student’s
transcript with the cumulative grade at the time the course was dropped, but no credit is awarded.

On and off-campus projects (both referred to as OCPs) provide second-semester seniors with the opportunity to pursue
independent academic projects in lieu of standard academic courses in the spring term. On-campus projects take the place of
one course; off-campus projects take the place of all courses. The application process for OCPs begins with a written proposal
at the end of the first semester. If the OCP is approved, then the student must complete the project successfully by the end of
the fourth marking period in order to be a diploma candidate. More information about the OCPs can be obtained through
the Academic Office.

Students should expect to complete three to four hours of homework per week for each of their classes. For most classes, this
means about 45 minutes of preparation for each class meeting, though the greater demands of honors and AP courses often
require more time. Humanities homework assignments generally require 30 minutes or less. Homework must be assigned in
writing during the class day. Homework and online assessments must be due during the class day.

Classes are excused to compensate for mandatory attendance at evening presentations related to the class. This policy does
not apply to All-School Meetings. Teachers granting excused absences to a class must also notify their department head.

If a student has three or more tests, papers, or projects due on the same day, the student has the option of having the paper
or test that was assigned last postponed until the next day. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the teacher whose
assignment is being postponed as far in advance as possible. It is not acceptable to inform the teacher on the day of the test.

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Grace days follow most evening All-School Meetings and the day after Parents Weekend, Thanksgiving Holiday, and Long
Winter Weekend. No major test, paper, or project may be due on a grace day. Homework assignments are limited to half the
normal amount of time for that day for each teacher, no matter when the assignment was given.

At the end of each semester, the School creates a schedule for exams and projects. A reading day precedes the first exam/
project slot to provide students with uninterrupted time for preparation. No mandatory activities may be scheduled on the
reading day, including review sessions (unless the exam is the next day), rehearsals, extracurricular activities, or major social
events. Exams are typically two hours in length, and students must remain in the exam room for the entire examination
period. Only the dean of academic life may reschedule a student’s exam.

Teachers may not share exams or project results until the completion of the examination/project period. Teachers keep graded
exams until the end of the next semester. Seniors are not required to take exams in June, unless they fall below a certain grade
point average as set by each department.

Grades are reported four times a year: at the end of the first marking period in October, the second marking period
(including first semester grades) in December, the third marking period in March, and the fourth marking period (including
second semester and full-year grades) in June.

All students receive comments on their progress from teachers, advisors, and dormitory faculty at regular intervals
throughout the year:
     • Classroom teachers write comments at the end of semester in December and June, and at the end of any marking
         period for a student who is failing or incomplete in the course for that marking period or cumulatively for the
         semester or year. Seniors do not receive classroom comments at the end of the second semester.
     • Dormitory faculty write comments for all residents of their corridor. Preps and lower mids receive dormitory comments
         at the end of the first and third marking periods; upper mids receive dormitory comments at the end of the second and
         fourth marking periods; and seniors receive dormitory comments at the end of the second marking period.
     • Faculty advisors write comments at the end of each semester.

Explanation of Grades
Hotchkiss grades on a traditional scale, with A+ being the highest grade and F considered a failing grade. Students with an
A+ or A average earn first honor roll and students with an A- average earn second honor roll. Students placed on probation
for academic dishonesty are not eligible for honor roll that semester.

Numerical equivalents for letter grades are listed as follows:
A+       97-100		           A        93-96		             A-     90-92
B+       87-89		            B        83-86		             B-     80-82
C+        77-79		           C        73-76 		            C-     70-72
D+       67-69              D        63-66		             D-     60-62
F        below 60
Cumulative grade point averages for each semester and for the year are provided on a student’s report card in both letter and
numerical formats. A student’s cumulative numerical grade point average for the year is also included on his or her transcript.
For these calculations, letter grades are translated as such: A+ = 12, A = 11, A- = 10, B+ = 9, B = 8, B- = 7,
C+ = 6, C = 5, C- = 4, D+ = 3, D = 2, D- = 1, F = 0. Cumulative grade point averages are calculated by weighting a student’s
numerical grade point average by the number of credits earned at the end of a semester for semester calculations and at the end
of the year for year calculations.
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When students fail a course, they are given the opportunity to make up the failure in one of two ways. If appropriate, the
course may be repeated the following year. Students also have the opportunity to take what Hotchkiss calls a condition exam,
usually in August, after working with a tutor or completing coursework elsewhere.

ARC identifies students in significant academic trouble. The class deans, the dean of academic life, and the study skills
coordinator will meet to review the records of students who are in academic difficulty. Through consultation with the
student, faculty advisor, dormitory faculty, and teachers, ARC diagnoses the sources of the student’s struggles and initiates
action for improvement. The dean of academic life is primarily responsible for reporting to parents any faculty decisions
regarding academic review.

The criteria for identifying a student in academic difficulty are: (1) one F or two Ds for any marking period; (2)
unsatisfactory effort or performance significantly below demonstrated academic ability; and/or (3) potential to be unable to
fulfill a diploma requirement. Once any of the above criteria has been met, the ARC process is set in motion. (See ARC
Responses below.) Preps and new lower mids will not be placed on ARC as a result of their academic performance in the first
marking period.

Academic Review Committee (ARC) Responses
When students meet the criteria for academic review — (1) one “F” or two “Ds” for any marking period; (2) unsatisfactory
effort or performance significantly below demonstrated academic ability; and/or (3) potential to be unable to fulfill a diploma
requirement — the Academic Review Committee responds in one of the following ways:
     • Academic Warning. The student may be required to meet with and receive a list of recommendations from Study
          Skills. A warning is reviewed after the completion of the following marking period.
     • Academic Probation. A student’s failure to demonstrate improvement following an Academic Warning, or falling
          subject to the ARC criteria for a second time within four marking periods, results in Academic Probation and signals
          that their position at Hotchkiss is in jeopardy. Academic Probation will carry with it specific directions to help the
          student improve and is reviewed after two marking periods. In rare cases, Academic Probation may be extended to a
          third marking period, but it would be unacceptable to have a student on Academic Probation for the student’s entire
          Hotchkiss career.
     • Advice to Withdraw. If the student’s schoolwork has not improved significantly by the time the Academic
          Probation is reviewed, or if the student’s performance warrants Academic Probation twice within the span of two
          years, it may be the case that the student is not thriving at Hotchkiss and so may be advised to withdraw. If this
          advice is issued during the course of the academic year, and the student has still not met stated expectations by June,
          the School may issue the following response:
     • Requirement to Withdraw. The School informs the parents that the student may not return in the fall. If a
          student’s Academic Probation comes up for review at the June meetings and seems unlikely to improve, the faculty
          may skip “Advice to Withdraw” and move immediately to this response.

Exceptions to the time frame outlined above: Preps and new lower mids would not normally be eligible for Academic
Warning until the end of their second marking period at Hotchkiss. The School reserves the right, however, to disregard this
in egregious cases (e.g., multiple failings). The School also reserves the right to accelerate ARC responses in egregious cases
(e.g., require a student to withdraw at the end of the school year after one marking period on probation if no effort has been
made to improve).

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Reclassification of students is rare. With guidance from the faculty advisor, class dean, and the dean of academic life, a
student seeking reclassification submits a written petition to the Committee on Honors and Academic Standing (CHAS).
According to CHAS guidelines, the student must provide a relevant context and compelling rationale for reclassification.

A student who is dismissed or withdraws from School prior to discipline will not receive credit from Hotchkiss for
outstanding work. The dean of academic life will request an exit grade (i.e., the cumulative grade point average at the time
of separation) and a written narrative of completed and outstanding work from each teacher to create a comprehensive
document that will be sent to the separated student’s new school so it can determine the student’s credits. A student who is
dismissed or withdrawn prior to disciplinary action in the last four weeks of the spring term may petition the Committee on
Academic Standing (CHAS) to receive credit for the year.

Students who withdraw or are separated from School must return their School-owned computers upon departure.

Students seeking readmission from a voluntary, medical, or required withdrawal or separation should complete the
application for readmission, available through the Academic Office. Readmission is not guaranteed. The application for
readmission and all supporting documentation (e.g., letters, recommendations, transcripts) must be received by
February 15. Students will be notified of a decision on their application on or around March 1 for fall return in the following
academic year.

The readmission process is initiated when the Academic Office receives a student’s application. Students may request an
application from the Academic Office in person or by calling (860) 435-3186.

The Readmission Team, which includes the associate head of school, dean of community life, dean of academic life, dean of
residential life, dean of admission, and the student’s class dean, reviews requests and determines whether a student should
return to the School. The Readmission Team forwards a recommendation to the head of school. Factors that inform the
Readmission Team’s determination and recommendation include: coursework completed elsewhere since withdrawal; the
student’s capacity to participate fully and safely in the academic and co-curricular program of the School; the student’s needs;
the impact on the well-being of the community; and the student’s letter addressing the following:
     • When and why did the student leave Hotchkiss?
     • Why does the student wish to return to Hotchkiss at this time? (If appropriate, please address readiness to return to
     • What has been done since leaving Hotchkiss and what has been learned from the experiences?
     • If appropriate, an assessment of the issues confronted at Hotchkiss and how they have since been addressed.

If the student attended another school following withdrawal or separation, an official transcript must be sent to the registrar
by the deadline of February 15. Transcripts can be mailed or faxed to the registrar’s attention at (860) 435-3691.

If the student received medical and/or mental health treatment related to the reasons for the withdrawal or separation, the
reapplication must include a letter from the physician and/or mental health provider detailing the length, frequency, and
nature of treatment, and an assessment of the readiness to return to Hotchkiss.

CHAS convenes as necessary to respond to the petitions of individual students making requests for accommodations and
exceptions to academic policy. CHAS is chaired by the dean of academic life and consists of the associate dean of faculty

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(who serves as secretary), four elected faculty members, and two elected students. The dean of community life is present
as a non-voting member. In matters involving students who are not U.S. citizens, the director of the center for global
understanding and independent thinking is invited to be present, as well. At the end of the academic year, the authority of
CHAS is transferred temporarily to the dean of academic life. Students seeking an accommodation or exception to academic
policy should make an appointment with the dean of academic life to review the process for submitting a petition to CHAS.

When students are given permission to take PSAT, TOEFL, SAT Reasoning, or SAT Subject tests, students are excused from
all classes and homework due on the day of the test. To minimize disruption to students’ studies, it is generally recommended
that upper mids wait until the spring semester to take the SAT or ACT. However, upper mids who wish to test earlier should
restrict their testing to dates communicated by the College Office (September or October for the ACT, and October or
November for the SAT). Upper mids are only excused for one SAT and one ACT in the fall. December testing is strongly
discouraged as it occurs when students are preparing for semester exams. If questions arise, the student should consult
with the College Office before scheduling test dates. The College Office will notify the dean of academic life to facilitate
communication about absences.

Teachers must give students sufficient time to make up missed material; they may not give a double assignment for the next
class. Students are responsible for scheduling an extra help session with their teacher to go over missed material, if needed.
Missed quizzes or tests should be rescheduled within the next three class days.

AP Exams
Students taking a morning AP exam are excused from all appointments after the end of classes the day before the exam. Most
morning AP exams end in time for students to return to their normal schedule for periods 5a and 5b, attending class or
lunch as usual, and they are expected to do so unless their testing extends past noon. Students taking an afternoon exam are
excused from their morning classes. Students are expected to notify teachers well in advance that they will be missing a class
due to an AP exam and make up any missed work in a timely fashion. Students have the option of an automatic 24-hour
extension for any quiz, test, or paper due in other courses on the day of an AP exam. AP teachers may not assign homework
for the next regularly scheduled class meeting after the exam and may give up to two class cuts in order to allow the student
time to catch up in other subjects. AP classes do not end with the AP exams and meet as usual until the end of the term.

Students have opportunities to spend a marking period, semester, or year away from campus on an exchange, semester, or
yearlong program.

Exchange programs provide students with an intercultural learning opportunity that challenges them to blend the
knowledge, skills, and understanding gained at Hotchkiss with those gained in a different cultural context. While exchanges
focus on participating in the community life of the receiving school and on experiencing the culture of the host country,
underclass students should plan a course of study that enables them to reintegrate into the Hotchkiss program as seamlessly
as possible.

Students interested in participating in any exchange program should contact the director of international programs for details
and guidelines.

Sanctioned off-campus semester and year-long programs are designed and run by other institutions and organizations and
are considered unqualified extensions of the Hotchkiss program. Coursework completed during these off-campus programs
receives full credit, is incorporated into Hotchkiss grade point average calculations, and satisfies Hotchkiss distribution
requirements. The grades received at a sanctioned program appear on the student’s Hotchkiss transcript, with appropriate
program and semester/year notations. In addition, Hotchkiss students will be liable for the disciplinary action taken by

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off-campus programs. Students dismissed from a School-sponsored program for disciplinary reasons will be dismissed from

These semester programs are sanctioned by Hotchkiss:
•       CityTerm:
•       Chewonki Semester School:
•       Island School:
•       High Mountain Institute:

Students interested in attending a semester off-campus program must meet with the dean of academic life by the end of the
first week of the second semester to review the application procedure.

The yearlong program sanctioned by Hotchkiss is School Year Abroad (SYA). Students interested in attending a SYA
must meet with the SYA coordinator by the end of the first week of the second semester to review the application procedure.
Students interested in attending a different semester or year-long program must petition the Committee on Honors and
Academic Standing.

Student Information
Every student is entitled to be addressed by their preferred name and the pronoun that corresponds to their gender identity
and expression. Students are not required to obtain parental consent or a court-ordered name and/or gender change as a
prerequisite to being addressed by their preferred name and pronoun. The School invites students to use a chosen name
and gender pronouns that reflect their identity. All students who wish to discuss changes should speak with the director of
diversity and inclusion and the dean of academic life.

Study Skills and Academic Support
The Study Skills Office offers support and specific assistance to all students. Academic coaches help students improve study
skills, time management, reading, and writing. Science and math learning support is also offered.

The Edsel Ford Memorial Library
Built in memory of Mr. Ford by his wife, Eleanor Clay Ford, and their three sons, Henry Ford II ’36, Benson Ford ’38,
and William Clay Ford ’43, the School’s 25,000-square-foot library is dedicated to partnering with teaching faculty to help
students learn and build skills as researchers.

Information Technology Services (ITS)
ITS is responsible for all computing and networking services. Upon matriculation, a student receives a laptop. This laptop
must be returned to the School if the student withdraws or is dismissed.

Center for Global Understanding and Independent Thinking
The Center promotes understanding and awareness of global issues, cultural themes, and current events through curricular
activity, ensures international and intercultural opportunities are available to all students, monitors and reports on
international events to the School, develops alliances with institutions around the world, and arranges for visits of scholars
and other speakers.

International Programs
The director of international programs helps address international students’ needs and works with students who wish to
pursue off-campus programs and relevant courses of study at Hotchkiss. The director administers grants for community-
based service work in the developing world and publicizes a range of summer opportunities.

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Residential Life
Our dormitories are places of shelter, safety, rest, study, fun, and leisure. As stated in the Values of Our Learning
Community, “We believe that a healthy and inclusive learning community nourishes students physically, emotionally,
and intellectually; fosters joy in learning and living with others; and ensures that all feel safe, seen, and supported.” We
support our Mission by engaging students, dorm faculty, and others in ensuring that all students benefit from our residential
program. Living well with others in residential halls requires students to have a respect for rules, sensitivity and patience, and
effective communication. These are skills that serve students who are preparing to live in a college environment in the future.

Each student is required to know and comply with our dormitory regulations. Rules and policies may be modified or
amended during the school year. Such changes, if and when they are made, are publicized to the community.

All students have access to the dorms, restrooms, and school facilities that correspond with their gender identity and
expression. Hotchkiss has separate dorms for boys and girls, as well as an all-gender housing option. If you have any
questions, concerns, or individual requests, please contact the dean of residential life.

Each of the 13 dorms is assigned dorm faculty who live in the dorm or are assigned to work with the residential faculty.
The dorm faculty are present in the dorm to advise students, provide support, monitor study hours, engage students in
discussions, and coordinate dorm happenings with other student life offices such as the Deans’ Office, student activities,
or athletics. Dorm faculty and proctors (i.e., students who assist dorm faculty) work to ensure that students are present for
study hours and at check-in time.

Rooms are supplied with a bed, mattress (extra long twin), bureau, desk, desk chair, and overhead lighting. Each room has
a closet. Additional furniture is not advised in student rooms and requires dorm faculty approval. Rooms assigned to day
students will have a desk and a chair. Day students may bring a small air mattress or sleeping bag if there is a time when
they wish to sleep on campus.

Rooms are equipped with window coverings or shades. Students should furnish their own bedding and pillows. All pictures
and other decorations may not cover more than 50% of the walls and must be hung using only an approved removable
adhesive (available in the School Store). All such adhesive will be removed by the student before permanently vacating the
room.The use of thumbtacks and transparent tape on walls of a room is not permitted. Tapestries may be used if hung flush
against the wall and at least 18” from the ceiling. Empty alcoholic beverage containers and similar items may not be used to
decorate rooms or common areas. Power strips must be surge-protected; these can be purchased in the School Store.

Bathrooms vary in each dorm. Students will need to provide their own towels and bathing and grooming products.

Dorms close each night at curfew and Security monitors access. Students are provided room keys and a card to access the

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Rooms should be kept reasonably clean and neat at all times, and they will be checked for cleanliness and order on a weekly
basis. Dormitory rooms and their furnishings, except those a student brings from home, are the property of the School, and
at the end of the year they should be in the condition in which they started the year. The following guidelines apply to all
dormitory rooms for the safety, privacy, and well–being of each student as well as the good of the community:
     • All food items should be stored in sealed containers.
     • Rooms should be kept locked whenever a student leaves the room. Students may enter another student’s room only
          when that student is present.
     • Students may not remove or damage window screens or climb onto roofs or balconies.
     • Bed risers (1 set) are permitted. Students may not loft beds.
     • Student decorations and poster/art content may not contain derogatory images or language.
     • Pets are not permitted.
     Fire Safety Precautions:
     • Blankets or nets used as ceiling hangings or wall hangings should not be hung in the rooms.
     • The burning of candles and incense is not permitted in dormitory rooms.
     • Cords and power strips must be UL-approved, in good repair, with the appropriate number of electrical units per
          cord/strip and outlet.
     • Hoverboards are not permitted on campus.
     • Fire-fighting equipment should not be played or tampered with in any way. This applies to smoke detectors as well
          as fire extinguishers and hoses.

Allowed                                                            Not Allowed

Computers, one monitor no larger than 27”, stereos,                Electric heat lamps, halogen lamps, lamps with more than
docking stations, clocks, fans, hair dryers, hair irons, razors,   three bulbs, electric holiday light strings, extension cords,
battery powered holiday light strings, and radios                  gaming systems*, extra video screens/monitors, plug-in air
                                                                   fresheners, refrigerators*, any cooking devices, including,
                                                                   but not limited to, toasters, stoves, microwaves, hot plates,
                                                                   and fry pans

* Proctors are allowed to have a refrigerator (up to 3.2 cubic feet) and one game system.
*The Health Center must approve a refrigerator needed for medical purposes. The unit must be 1.7 cubic feet or less.

If a student is in doubt about the suitability of room items or decorations, they are urged to ask their dormitory faculty

All external dormitory doors are electronically locked and controlled. Upon arrival at the School, each student is issued a
student ID, which provides access to their dormitories during approved times, and a dormitory room key. To help protect
personal property, each room has been equipped with an individual lock. Students should keep their doors locked when
they are not in their rooms, and should not enter another student’s room in their absence. Theft is rare, but students should
exercise common sense in deciding to bring valuables from home. Marking common items with one’s name, keeping track
of one’s things, and not leaving money visible or in obvious locations are all advisable practices.

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